Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by TXHops:
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
-Malts: Malted barley, malted wheat, malted oats and unmalted barley, unmalted wheat and unmalted oats.
-Hops: Styrians (and other spices)
Well, like a jackass, here I sit with a bottle of beer full of coriander. When I was in Austin, I was shocked to see Tripel Karmeleit on the store shelves, so I had to buy a 750 (even though the 750 bottle is green ???). Anyway, I found Karmeleit on tap later that trip at the Gingerman, had some, and discovered that it was spiced with my favorite seasoning. Not only did I already spend the 7 or 8 bucks on the bottle, I looked more closely and discovered it was imported by Manneken Brussels, right there in Austin. The next week I saw it in the stores in Dallas, and in smaller bottles to boot. Oh well, here comes some attempt at objectivity.
Karmeleit pours with a really pretty, deepish gold body: darker than many triples. Is the additional color from the use of oats? The snow white head is massive and fluffy and looks like the foam that forms on the top of a boiling pot of potatoes before theyre ready to be mashed, only bigger. Requisiste lace coats the inside of my Duvel glass. The clean, yeasty nose smells quintessentially Belgian. A little warmth reveals a lemony, spicy coriander undertone.
The body is surprisingly yummy: oily and with a slight viscosity to mitigate the airiness. Michael Jacksons Great Beers of Belgium (Running Press 1998) claims that the beer is heavily spiced, but annoyingly fails to elaborate. Still, I can taste the spices, which paradoxically dont contribute to the spiciness of this brewthe yeast takes care of that. I can also taste the classic Belgian sourness in the back of the mouth. However, through the annoying flavors of coriander, the fluffy body and the sour finish, I can find some really intriguing aspects of this beer. The oats seem to be the biggest difference between this and other Tripels. The slick creaminess that they impart is really unique and quite appealing. They even helped me see past the coriander enough to score this beer highly. Kudos to Bosteels for making Belgian beers that dont just taste like all the other Belgian beers. While I like Kwak more, Karmeleit is one that I can thoroughly appreciate, even if I wouldnt drink it again. Still, my irrational hatred of coriander should not dissuade any other BAs from trying this unique, exceptionally well made beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2003 18:16:51 | More by TXHops
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4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.
Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!
Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.
Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.
Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.
Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.
Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:50:52 | More by SmashPants
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Opened this birthday present that had been sitting in my garage fridge for 2 years. It poured a light burnt orange into the Duvel tulip glass. It had a good 3-4 finger head with tight bubble pattern.
The smell was spicy and of citrusy fruits. Was getting primarily orange in the back of the nostrils.
Taste was sweeter than I remembered for Tripels but good. Got a little bit of a banana on the tongue. It also seemed to have a very light caramel tinge to it. In the mouth the left a tingle at the back of the throat. Overall a delicious beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 15:38:56 | More by cswhitehorse
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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